There is no other activity in the world that can match the power of prayer. If you have a concern or a praise and would like to have the ministry and our prayer partners around the world join you in taking it to God, you can share them with us.
Prayer is a popular activity around the world but we have distorted it's meaning and diluted it's power. We have been given tremendous power and everyone likes power.
In James 5:16, we are told that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (It seems that we like to leave out that part about righteous) That is the simple answer to our question. To fully understand, we must dig deeper and examine the concept of righteousness.
In simple terms, righteousness is simply having the proper relationship with God. Just as sin separated Adam and Eve from God, it does the same to us. We are given specific instructions on how to get back into the proper relationship with God. That has to be the first step to prayer or otherwise it's just talk.
In James 1:5-8, we are told that we must believe and not doubt. Although it seems obvious, there is really no need to talk to God if you do not believe He has the power to fulfill the request.
In James 4:3, we are told that we must have the proper motive. It is popular today to pray for more and more material things and we like to hear that message. But, we are told that selfish pleasure is not a proper motive.
We are also told, in Matthew 6:7, not to babble like pagans in our prayers. We need to keep in mind that it is not the number of words that unlock the power it is the relationship!
In addition to guidelines, we are also given a model of christian prayer to follow. In Luke 11, Jesus gave the disciples a pattern for prayer.
First, Jesus shows us that we should address God as Father. (That goes back to the relationship thing.) Then, He shows us that we need to acknowledge that God's name is holy. (That goes back to belief in Him.) Then, we are shown that we can ask for things such as forgiveness, sustenance, and guidance. (That goes back to the motive thing.)
A tool that we have found useful in our prayer lives is journaling. There are many forms of prayer journals but it can simply be used as a way to record things that God places on your heart. Later, you can look back through and see what God has done in your life.
We are called to lift each other up in prayer and we invite you to join us in these efforts. By filling out the Prayer Partner Request form below, we will add you to our list and send you an email when we receive prayer requests from all over the world.
For an inspirational story of Christian prayer, you can check out our Simon's Tears devotional.